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Introduction — May 30, 2017

By buying old Soviet arms and delivering them to Jeddah, where the Saudis are redistributing them among militants, the Pentagon obviously hopes to distance itself from the process. Nonetheless, despite working through often unwitting intermediaries, the Pentagon is still helping to supply some of the world’s most violent extremists with arms.
By supplying them with old Soviet arms, rather than U.S. weapons, the Pentagon clearly hopes to remove any hint of U.S. involvement.
Apart from helping to distribute the arms, America’s Saudi allies are also helping to bankroll the militants. All of which gives added dimension to the cynicism and hypocrisy on display during Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, where both Trump and his hosts used the occasion for renewed calls to “fight terror”. Ed.

The Pentagon is following through on arms agreements that Obama made with Jihadists

Voltaire Network — May 30, 2017

The Pentagon is still trafficking arms from the port of Burgas (Bulgaria) to the port in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Thus the Pentagon is delivering to jihadist groups in Syria — including Daesh— arms manufactured in the former Soviet Union, which have not been not registered by Nato. Such arms are produced by Vazovski Machine Building Factory (VMZ) (Bulgaria) and Tatra Defense Industrial Ltd. (Czech Republic).

On 5 May 2017, the Marianne Danica left Bulgaria. On 20 May it arrived in Saudi Arabia just as the Hanne Danica was making its way back from Jeddah to Burgas.

According to Yörük Işık and Alper Beler, these cargo ships were illegally transporting Grad multiple rocket launchers and OT-64 SKOT armoured vehicles (see photo).

These deliveries appear to execute obligations under the final contracts that the Obama Administration entered into at the beginning of January — i.e. at the end of the transition period —, with the company, Orbital ATK. The contracts are worth 200 million dollars. Orbital subcontracted delivery to Chemring, which in turn, rented out cargo ships to the Danish company, H. Folmer & Co.

While the Trump Administration has discontinued with this line of contract, it has not cancelled contracts of this type that were entered into by the previous administration.

Anoosha Boralessa


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